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2019 13" Dell XPS 13 7390 [10th,6C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Linux & Win10 1909 [sadxps]  

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sadxps
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System specs 

2019 13-inch Dell XPS 13 7390, i7-10710U, 16GB RAM, 2TB Samsung Evo 970 Plus
2x 2560x1440 144hz Dell 27" Gaming Monitors (S2719DGF)
MX Keys, MX Anywhere 2, Creative Pebble Speakers

 

eGPU hardware

Aorus Gaming Box + GTX 1080 + 1.5M TB3 Cable

 

Hardware pictures 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation steps

Windows
Performed fresh install with 1909 USB, let windows updates download all required drivers while EGPU was plugged in.

Debian
Installed nvidia proprietry drivers
Created egpu.conf file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/disabled/egpu.conf

Added the following to .bashrc

# startx if logging in on tty1
#if [ -z "$DISPLAY" ] && [ $(tty) == /dev/tty1 ]; then
#    startx; logout
#fi

# If not running interactively, don't do anything
case $- in
    *i*) ;;
      *) return;;
esac


# startx if logging in on tty1
if [ -z "$DISPLAY" ] && [ $(tty) == /dev/tty1 ]; then
  # Automatically detect EGPU and change xorg.conf accordingly
  # requires egpu.conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/disabled/
  DIR=/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
  FILE=egpu.conf

  TEST=$(lspci | grep -c " VGA ")

  #Check for number of GPU's --
  if ([ $TEST -eq 2 ]); then
    #egpu connected
    if ([ -e $DIR/$FILE ]); then
     break ;
    else
      cp $DIR/disabled/$FILE $DIR/$FILE
    fi
  else
    #no egpu
    if ([ -e $DIR/$FILE ]); then
      rm -f $DIR/$FILE
    fi
  fi
    startx; logout
fi

Benchmarks (External Monitor)

 

 

UserBenchmarks: Game 104%, Desk 135%, Work 83%
CPU: Intel Core i7-10710U - 87.7%
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 - 99.6%
SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 2TB - 341.8%
RAM: Hynix H9CCNNNCLGALAR-NVD 2x8GB - 71%
MBD: Dell XPS 13 7390

 

Comments 

I recently upgraded from the Dell XPS 13 9360 and so far gaming performance seems better but the system runs much hotter and louder. I did undervolt and add thermal pads to the Dell XPS 13 9360 so I will have to investigate that on this new system and report back.1

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Dell XPS 13 9360 Linux + Dell XPS 13 7390 Linux/Windows + AORUS Gaming Box GTX 1080


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itsage
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@sadxps Welcome aboard! Thank you for sharing this excellent build. Is the Gaming Box in storage mode in the photo? I hope it gets breathing room while in use.

 

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Posted by: @itsage

@sadxps Welcome aboard! Thank you for sharing this excellent build. Is the Gaming Box in storage mode in the photo? I hope it gets breathing room while in use.

 

Thanks @itsage, I've been a long time lurker so I figured it was time to share!

The Gaming Box lives right where it's pictured most of the time, there is a hole cut out underneath it (the UPS is directly below but with a 20mm spacing) that allows it to pull in fresh air. The EGPU idles at ~44c and maxs at ~82c which is a little hot but totally reasonable!

Dell XPS 13 9360 Linux + Dell XPS 13 7390 Linux/Windows + AORUS Gaming Box GTX 1080


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itsage
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Very cool! Those temps are not bad at all. 

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Hi) Can you run an metro: EXODUS benchmark at 1440p resolution? If you will make it, can you make a screenshot of your settings please? Thanks for reply

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sadxps
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Sorry @jaffy_good I don't have that game so I can't provide benchmarks for it.

Dell XPS 13 9360 Linux + Dell XPS 13 7390 Linux/Windows + AORUS Gaming Box GTX 1080


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@sadxps Thanks for this guide-- I have the same model XPS with a Razer Core X and AMD 5700XT. While I got it to work with Windows (not without problems), I cannot get Linux to recognize it. Would you mind dumping your egpu.conf file here?

Thanks!

 

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